Launched early last year the BMW X4 xDrive35d crosses over and fits the bill as both a prestige and sport AWD SUV.
The booming mid-size premium AWD SUV segment is full of a diverse array of offerings from almost all manufacturers and honing that selection down to just a few that suit your needs is a difficult task.
BMW likes to be different though and labels the X4 as the first ever ‘Sports Activity Coupe’ (SAC).
The 2017 BMW X4 xDrive35d introduces the powerful and economical diesel engine that generates 230kW/630Nm.
Externally the X4 styling is quite beautiful.
Both front seats are exceptionally comfortable for long trips.
Despite its coupe-style roofline the front seats are only marginally lower than the X3 so the occupants still get that elevated driving position and feel.
The rear seat bench has two elegant coupé-style individual seats, however bear in mind that the X4 really is better suited to a couple rather than a family.
The BMW X4xDrive35d comes equipped with 40:20:40 split fold rear seats which allows for a flexible luggage compartment capacity of between 500 and 1,400 litres.
A storage compartment package with a range of handy storage and luggage carrying features is also standard.
The heart of this X4 is the 3.0 litre, six-cylinder engine.
With BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the X4 charges from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds, while fuel consumption measures at 6.0L/100Km.
That is outstanding performance and economy.
Let’s pause for a moment and deliberate on the engine figures. That is 230kW of power and an enormous 630Nm of torque.
The combination of those figures, transmitted through the eight-speed auto and driving through the awesome xDrive means that the X4 has levels of ride handling, performance and economy rivaled by few other vehicles.
The BMW ‘SAC’ is fitted with an eight-speed sports automatic transmission – and also include gear shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The peak torque coming in at a lazy 1500 rpm means amazing tractability with an abundance of acceleration on tap at any stage.
In short it is awesome to drive.
Sharing the same extensive list of standard equipment as the xDrive35i, the xDrive35d is equipped with a surprisingly long list of standard features.
Remember that while the BMW X4 xDrive 35d is technically an AWD SUV, it definitely isn’t designed for virtually any sort of off-road driving.
It is ideally suited to trips to the snow with icy roads, trips to the holiday house or farm and it does allow the driver to tow up to 2000kg (braked) though and that is in keeping with its sporting activity nature.
The engine won’t even feel 2000kg on the back by the way!
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 X4 xDrive35d
- Engine: 3.0 litre straight-six turbo-diesel developing 230kW and 630Nm
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Warranty: Three years
- Safety: Five stars
- Origin: Germany
- Price: from $99,795